The new kids on the block will be rolling into eight cities in October.
Last week, the teams adopted their nicknames and assigned team managers for the X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) inaugural season this fall.
The teams will be:
- Atlanta Avengers
- Austin Scorpions
- Los Angeles Sunbirds
- Nashville Boot Scooters
- New York Juggernauts
- Orlando Wizards
- St. Louis Sorcerers
- San Francisco Muggles
Teams will now focus on filling their rosters with local talented electric scooter talent. Open tryouts have begun in most cities and should continue through the end of June.
The Nashville Boot Scooters held their first open tryout last Wednesday in the Gulch. Team Manager Ryan Cooper was overwhelmed with the response as over 200 riders reported to the open tryout.
“I was stunned by it. We expected maybe 50-11 but we had 223 register for the tryout. We will definitely have a large group of players to pick from and some difficult decisions,” he said.
Teams will eventually fill their rosters with 21 players.
A parking lot was blocked off in the Gulch for the tryouts as players showed their skills with their scooters as well as some drills involving Quidditch rules. Players were excited about this new sport.
“It’s not on broomsticks like Harry Potter but it’s pretty damn close,” said Cyrus Antonio. “This is going to be awesome and I’m glad Nashville has a team. I hope I will make the roster.”
Players not only have to maneuver their scooters but they also have to have possession of a ball at some point in the game so being an expert rider is crucial.
“Yeah, you have to be good at it because you can’t always keep both hands on the scooter. Some players are out here wiping out or not too steady with it,” said Antonio of other players.
While the XSQL adopts the rules of Quidditch, some modifications have been made to incorporate scooters. This is a process that is continuing to be modified.
The Nashville team is still attempting to narrow down where their home games will be played in October when they will play seven games at home. While the Gulch remains to be the most likely choice, finding the location to install the specially designed SportCourt will require space even with it being a temporary venue.
“We would like the Gulch, we won’t deny that. It is the hip area of town and location where we will have a lot of scooter riders,” said Cooper. “We hope to secure a place soon so we can set up and scrimmage to get ready for the season in October.”
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